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The Crucible

By | April 2013
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Vivian Wells
The Crucible and today’s Society

Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible about the Salem Witch Trials to compare to the events of the Red Scare that was sweeping across America. To mostly explain how silly it was for Senator McCarthy to accuse innocent people of trying to bring communism to the United States. He compared the allegations of witchcraft, which is imaginary, to what the Senator was making. The relevance to today is still potent, not only does it relate to the McCarthy period, it also holds a parallel to human nature. How humans fear, accuse, blame, and are afraid of anything unfamiliar or different. In the case of the play, it is witchcraft, but to the modern society it relates to peoples dark nature. Even today if an injustice occurs people jump to conclusions to save themselves. Abigal accuses nearly the whole town to save herself from getting in trouble; the fear of the truth being revealed made people lose their lives. Though the consequences today aren’t as severe they still have relations to what happens today. Even a child accuses a younger sibling of their wrong doings to prevent a parent’s disapproval. Real events that happened in the 20th to 21st century today loosely relate to the Salem Witch Trials. More specifically, the accusations post 9/11. Though it was understandable of peoples fear, still every person who looked Middle Eastern was judged by people who considered anybody who were Middle Eastern were automatically a terrorist, though in reality they were probably just as devastated of the event as the accusers were. After Pearl Harbor, people who were Japanese-American were rounded up and put into camps by the government in assurance of preventing another Japan advance. This relates back to how the allegations of witchcraft went through a trial and had a judge present just as the Japanese-Americans interments was a government’s doings. Even justice doesn’t always have fair morals. People today get enveloped in rumors...
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